How to Stop Rectal Bleeding

Mild cases of rectal bleeding can be controlled and treated by consuming a high-fiber diet, drinking lots of water, thereby reducing strain in the anal region.
HealthHearty Staff
Last Updated: Jan 27, 2018
Presence of bright red blood after bowel movement is termed as rectal bleeding. Sometimes, blood gets mixed in the stool, while at other times blood clots are seen to be discharged from the anal opening. Rectal bleeding can be a mild to life-threatening problem. Its graveness is determined from the amount of blood being discharged from the rectum.
Weakness, dizziness, and dip in blood pressure are some other symptoms accompanying rectal bleeding. Anal fissures, rectal prolapse, hemorrhoids, constipation, colon cancer, and even diverticulitis are different factors that lead to this condition. Iron deficiency can also cause rectal bleeding and its chronic form can result in bleeding for several weeks or even months.
How to Stop Rectal Bleeding Naturally
The kind of treatment used for stopping rectal bleeding depends on the underlying cause. If iron deficiency is causing the bleeding it needs to be treated and the same applies for various other medical conditions. Mild rectal bleeding can be treated at home itself, with the help of some home remedies.
Ointments and Suppositories
Hydrocortisone creams or ointments containing vitamins A and D can be applied to the rectal area. They will not only provide relief from the pain, but will also promote healing. Various suppositories are also available at drug stores which can be used to treat rectal bleeding.
High-fiber Diet
To stop rectal bleeding naturally, consume a high-fiber diet. This is because fiber improves bowel movements and ensures easy passage of stool outside the body. Causing less strain during bowel movement will help heal the condition faster. Vegetables and fruits are high-fiber foods, which will help improve bowel movements. One high-fiber vegetable is the lady finger, which helps relieve constipation. Minimize the amount of junk foods and meat intake. Moreover, avoid processed foods as all these food items are difficult to digest.
Iron Supplements
To check if an iron deficiency is causing the rectal bleeding, one should take a CBC test which will confirm low levels of iron in the blood. The doctor will then prescribe iron supplements, which should be taken to elevate the iron levels back to normal. Iron tablets are also taken generally by those suffering from rectal bleeding. This is because, the bleeding results in a lot of blood loss. To replace the blood lost, iron is provided additionally for more blood formation.
Ice Pack Application
Besides bleeding during a bowel movement, one also experiences severe pain and burning sensation near the anal opening. Sometimes, swelling is also observed. To reduce the swelling and pain, place an ice pack on the area every once in a while.
Avoid Sitting Too Much
The sitting position applies a lot of strain in the anal region, which is why one should avoid sitting as much as possible. Remain in the lying position. If sitting is inevitable, then get a soft cushion or pillow and sit on it, so as to provide additional support and reduce strain on the rectum.
Drink Ample Amounts of Water
People suffering from rectal bleeding should drink about 8-10 glasses of water everyday. This is important because the water helps increase bowel movement and also prevents constipation.
Wait patiently for cessation of bleeding. It will take some time for the condition to heal, meanwhile, clean the affected area daily and keep it dry using a facial tissue, rather than rough toilet paper. Moreover, refrain from scratching the area. The condition should heal in a few days time.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.